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Sunday
Jul042010

BREAKING: The Gate Is Now A "No Stroller Zone" on Weekends (Also, We Officially Love The Gate)

photo via @meganlibrarian

So true: we've bitched about The Gate before, but those days are OVER folks. The Gate now joins Double Windsor as an officially FIPS endorsed bar.

For anyone keeping track, we started to change our tune during the whole Walter fundraiser sitch back in April--but this shit puts The Gate over the top:

Sorry

NO STROLLERS FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY & HOLIDAYS

Sorry Friends, owing to severe stroller and chair overcrowding as of late, we are now enforcing a NO STROLLER policy on WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS at The Gate

And no, ppl: the caps and underlines are NOT ours. Nice try.

So, no strollers + Walter fundraiser + they let us bring Ollie there and drink = WE FUCKING LOVE THE GATE.

Take note.

[sidenote: we should get some fucking window decals like Yelp, but instead they'll say FIPS ENDORSED].

(via Brooklynian)

Friday
Jul022010

BREAKING: Prospect Heights Is The New Hamptons

Well, this makes my real estate fantasy of a weekend house seem kind of silly now.

Curbed tipped us off to this new little nugget: Prospect Heights is the new Hamptons! People r buying weekend places there-n-shit! And its all thanks to Richard Meier!:

"Fashion designer Daniel Silver moved to the building with his partner this January. Also drawn there by the modern design, the couple uses it as a second home of sorts, leaving their West Village apartment for their Brooklyn pad on weekends."

BWHAAHAHHHAHHHA!

"The building," of course, is On Prospect Park on Grand Army Plaza--that glassfront monstrosity next to the Library.

It's unclear whether or not one can achieve that Hamptons, week-endy vibe in *other* parts of Prospect Heights or not, but my guess would be: T-O-T-A-L-L-Y.

(via Curbed)

Thursday
Jul012010

This Week in WTF: Cave Dwellers On Carroll Street?

Every day I walk down Carroll Street and every day for like TWO AND A HALF YEARS, I've wondered why there is a dirt-filled dumpster still parked outside somebody's fancy brownstone.

Well, now I know. I have it on good authority that a crazy rich dude (isn't it always) is digging a man cave to fucking CHINA in his basement. And yes, they really have been at it for over two years now. 

What I don't get is... isn't four stories enough? Or, if you can afford to buy or build anywhere on the four corners of this earth, why spend two years piling dirt into a dumpster? Why not buy two and have a double-wide? Or buy yourself a mansion somewhere (ELSE)?

What gives?

Wednesday
Jun302010

WHO GIVES A SHIT, BREEDER EDITION: Where Did You Pop Out Yer Kid?

Because all natural births should be immortalized in stone.  (Photo: Gawker.)

I hate to break it to you guys, but the secret's out: the inhabitants of  Brownstone Brooklyn like to breed.  (That's us, in case you're keeping score.)  Gothamist's reporting that our BREEDERS are so fancy-ass, we refuse to pop our babies out in this borough, despite the fact that we carry around our Coop groceries in Brooklyn tote bags, and tell everyone how so over living in Manhattan we are.  (Truth, if you still have that scorecard handy.)

So, your Q of the day: BREEDERS, if your spawn entered the world in this fine city, where was he/she/it born?  And I suppppose if you're joining the legion of Park Slope Parents soonish, you're welcome to respond, too, since lately I'm getting the feeling every fucking person in this city besides me is pregnant.  (Yes, I give up my seat on the F...but do YOU?)

As snarky as I'm dying to get on this one, I suppose I'll have to step back and let you all steer the ship; the closest I've ever gotten to a Brooklyn hospital is my daily walk past Methodist.  (Side note: I do have a few friends--mostly native New Yorkers--who carry around cards that read, "If found injured in Brooklyn, transport to Manhattan hospital for medical treatment.")  Fire away in the comments.

Wednesday
Jun302010

THIS JUST IN: THE ITALIANS ARE IN CHARGE HERE

Click to Englarge (image via very small arrayAs you may have surmised from my obsession with documenting every business in Park Slope, block by block, I'm a fan of deconstructing the makeup of cities. What it really boils down to is that I’m in love with maps. How much do I love them? Once, I was on a "date" and my female companion and I went into a Barnes & Noble and we sat on the floor for almost an hour looking at maps. It was like something out of a Wes Anderson film, right down to the part where things never worked out between us. I still had my maps though. They’ll never leave me.

To be honest, it's been a while since I've had good map, so when I stumbled across this map earlier this week, I just about lost it in my shorts. That's figuratively, of course. I was wearing pants anyhow. So this map...it breaks down the "Most Common Type of Restaurant in a Zip Code According to the Village Voice Restaurants Guide." Wait...the Village Voice is still relevant? Wow. Well, I guess it’s better than using Timeout NY as the basis of your map. They're kinda douchey.

According to the map breakdown, Park Slope's DOMINATED by Italian restaurants. I suppose it makes sense. There are a pretty good amount of Italian places and this was once an Italian-dominated neighborhood. Personally, I live on enough pasta at home that when I go out, there’s a 99% chance I'm not going Italian. That means that over time, I've effectively programmed my brain to devote zero real estate to their existence. That being the case, I would've thought that Japanese or Mexican would've prevailed, but I guess it's really a moot point. In five years everything will be New American Fusion anyhow.

See more from the map makers, very small array, here.